Friday, November 14, 2008

The Recession and fairs

David Moss from ATG
Reports on the recession and past fairs

Now we are openly talking about recession, even deep recession, the effect on all levels of business is bound to be profound. Obviously antique dealers, who basically are purveyors of luxury goods, cannot escape the enforce belt-tightening.

There is slowing down of the trade. But it is often said that bad times also produce opportunities, and this factor, combined with the unpredictability of the antiques scene, makes for interesting times.

Take the Antiques For Everyone at Birmingham's NEC from October 30 to November 2. n my preview I said that, as a middle-to-lower range fixture, this fair was especially vulnerable. If I feared the worst, just think what the 300 plus exhibitors felt. But first-hand reports suggest far from the worst happened. In fact, business proved good for many, with an unexpected return of American trade and new private clients.


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